OPINION: Being black means constantly rendering yourself unthreatening to white people

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    Opinion | Joy Reid: Everyday racism is the small, daily reminders that we're still not equal

    Joy-Ann Reid Everyday racism in America: Being black means constantly rendering yourself unthreatening to white people
    To be white in America is to assume ownership of public spaces. To be black is to live under constant threat of removal.

    May.29.2018 / 8:23 PM ET / Updated May.30.2018 / 1:00 PM ET

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    Thus, being black or brown in America means living under that constant threat of removal. And yet there is really no way to render yourself unthreatening enough to prevent that 911 call. At the same time, you are expected to act grateful for being “allowed” to be here at all (see: Trump suggesting NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should "maybe" be deported). As if we had a choice.

    Reversing everyday racism means somehow getting white Americans to recognize and cede this presumption of sole ownership of public spaces, and to see in each person of color an individual humanity. Thankfully, many of our fellow Americans have already embraced this ecumenical idea, as we can see from individual acts of ally-ship. Inside that now infamous Philadelphia Starbucks, for example, white patrons formed a chorus of outrage as police dragged two black men out in handcuffs for doing nothing more than sitting in a shared space.

    Importantly, black and brown Americans cannot do this work for their white peers. The work of anti-racism can only take place inside each individual soul, where we all try to grow into better people. There is no national tonic or instant cure.
    Does anyone else know if the rise in these incidents has anything to do with the government encouraging people to "see something say something" and then it turned into something else?
     
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    We're NOT equal. Blacks have preference over whites by Affirmative Action (job hiring, job promotion, college admissions, college financial aid, business loans, etc, etc)

    Anti-white discrimination still runs rampant in 42 states, where AA abomination still is not banned.
     
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    Ever notice that Asians don't have to constantly render themselves unthreatening to white people ? Maybe that's because Asians don't have astronomical violent crime rates like blacks do.

    Maybe it's because Asians don't riot, loot, and burn police cars, while Democrat mayors stand by and cheer.
     
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    What a huge crock of BS .... :cuckoo:
     
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    Another liberal millionaire whining about how tough it s.
     
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    there is NO QUESTION that the "SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING" dictum
    WILL lead to some false reports. The dictum is based on a REAL PUBLIC HEALTH situation. Anything RACIST that plops out of it-----is an unintended consequence. There is no question that
    QUARANTEE programs during epidemics
    also result in some negative unintended
    consequences. You got an answer to the
    DILEMMA?
     
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    from your linked article : black cop arresting black man

    guess that proves everyday racism and doesn't Joy Reid have her own show on MSNBC that spends every segment bashing whitey?
     
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    Joy Reid? The rich black racist homophobe?
    Lol
     
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    Lie. Aren't you Hispanic?
     
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    Aren't you Hispanic? You say your family is from Central America. Maybe you are a member of MS13.
     
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